Busting to return to Bolshevism, regional and state authorities want to control how and where we live. The Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission want to approve a plan called the Sustainable Community Strategy. A first draft of the plan is to be released next month. The final document is due in 2013.
The Sustainable Community Strategy will, according to a February 18 editorial in the Contra Costa Times, “plan housing, job centers and transportation infrastructure, in a coordinated manner that reduces driving.”
F.A. Hayek’s classic analysis, “The Road of Serfdom,” denounces government planning as unworkable. Written in 1944, by the Austrian economist documented how Government planning always leads to oppression of the individual.
Think about the office of 1940. It had carbon paper, switchboards, mimeograph machines, and manual typewriters. The office of 2011 has e-mail, computers, word processors, the Internet, photocopy machines, voice mail, and laptops.
Can anyone predict what the office of 2080 will be like?
Governments cannot and should not engage in planning. It’s time to kill the Sustainable Community Strategy before it puts the yoke of Bolshevism around all of us.